Three generations of the Dalgety family combined when Kentuckiana Lodge trotter Trixton Time strode to victory at Addington on Friday night.
Co-owned by Jim Dalgety, prepared by Cran and Chrissie Dalgety and driven confidently by Carter Dalgety, the four-year-old ran to an impressive and deserved win after a series of strong performances.
Trixton Time, also raced by loyal Kentuckiana Lodge owners Greg and Leigh Ayers, carried Jim Dalgety’s colours to victory as he dug deep in the straight and stuck his neck out to win.
The victory gave Carter a big kick and he could tell it meant a lot to his grandfather.
“It was a big thrill and a really special win,” Carter said.
“Granddad is a pretty humble fellow, but I could tell that it meant a lot to him, he was quite chuffed.”
“He loves the horse, he goes to his place to spell and he comes and watches him work.”
“So, he got a big kick out of it.”
“It was pretty special to me too, to be able to win in his colours.”
“It was a great result.”
The bonus in a sentimental win comes from Carter being able to notch a penalty-free junior driver’s victory with Trixton Time.
“That’s the best part about it, that he will be able to stay in that grade.”
“He has been going super races and this win will be the making of him.”
“You would think he might be able to pick up another one pretty quickly.”
Just a matter of a couple of hours after Trixton Time’s win at Addington, Remember Me strode to a comfortable victory at Alexandra Park.
The Kentuckiana Lodge filly was in cruise control throughout her assignment before she zipped home to complete her final public hitout before the Group One Sires Stakes Fillies Final at Alexandra Park in style.
“That was a perfect result and just the blowout she needed before she goes into the Sires Stakes,” Cran said.
“To have her confidence levels go up a notch and her fitness tighten up with that run, it is the ideal scenario.”
“We can go into the big race now with a very smart filly who is at the top of her game.”
“We will keep her ticking over until then and we would love to pick up a nice draw along the way, but wherever we line up from, we will be giving it a red hot crack.”
Casino Action ran an enormous race earlier on the Alexandra Park card, fighting on for third after sitting parked throughout.
“That was a super effort, sitting parked against a quality line up, he couldn’t have gone any better," Cran said.
“Drawing the outside of the gate dictated to us, so hopefully we can start a bit closer next time and they can chase us.”
Mitsi Gaynor also ran third at Addington with Carter in the sulky at Addington to round out a great Friday night.
The filly was luckless, racing three back on the pegs from her draw in barrier one on the second row.
Mitsi Gaynor unwound late and hit the line like a horse that will win in the very near future.
- by Jonny Turner